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Utah State Aggies center Neemias Queta (23) dunks during the game against the Weber State Wildcats at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State improved to 2-1 vs. instate opponents on the season by defeating Weber State 76-67 in Vivint Arena.

Here are the three main takeaways from Saturday’s game:

• The Aggies jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 32-11 in the first half. Sam Merrill scored eight points in that stretch and ended up with 19 to lead USU.

• Caleb Nero provided a spark off the bench for Weber State in the second half, hitting 4-of-4 shots in stretch to bring the Wildcats within six points with 5:52 left. The freshman ended up with a career-high 15 points. WSU continued to press USU, but couldn't get closer than six points down the stretch.

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• USU Portuguese duo of guard Diogo Brito and center Neemias Queta had big impacts on the game. Brito led Utah State in both rebounds (11) and assists (three) to go with his 13 points. Queta had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks before fouling out.

Next 3 for Utah State (8-2)

  • Dec. 15 vs. Alabama State (2-4), 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 20 at Houston (7-0), 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 28 vs. Eastern Oregon, 7 p.m.

Next 3 for Weber State (5-4)

  • Dec. 15 vs. Utah Valley (6-4), 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 vs. Delaware State (2-7), 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington (1-5), 3 p.m.